How to remove halogen bulbs

Written by janece bass
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Many consumers have switched to halogen bulbs to conserve energy and save money and time. Halogen lights burn longer and create purer, whiter light. However, even halogen bulbs will eventually burn out. When they do, you must take care to remove the old light safely and effectively.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Paper towel or soft cloth
  • Ladder or light bulb gripper (if the light is high)

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  1. 1

    Turn off the source of power to the halogen bulb. Allow the bulb to cool down as touching any hot light bulb is dangerous and may cause severe burns.

  2. 2

    Remove any cover or casing that surrounds the bulb (if there is one). Using a paper towel or soft cloth like a glove, grab the bulb by the metal ring. Do not directly grab the glass.

  3. 3

    Slowly twist the halogen light toward the left or counterclockwise until it comes out. Gently push the bulb if it does not budge at first. This will depend on the light housing unit the bulb is in. Dispose of the burnt-out light, taking care not to break the glass.

Tips and warnings

  • Never let small children touch any bulb.
  • Do not touch the glass to avoid any oil transfer.

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